Posted 121 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm will put the league’s best home record on the line tonight at the Viaero Center in a Friday night matchup vs. Des Moines. This will be the first meeting this season between the two teams. Tri-City is 9-2 and 2nd in the Western Conference, while Des Moines is 6th in the Western Conference with a 5-6-0 record on the season. Tri-City is 5-1 on home ice this season, best in the USHL.
Opponent: Des Moines Buccaneers
Game Time: 7:35 PM CT
Tickets: Online or by calling 308-338-8144
Broadcast: Watch: HockeyTV Listen: The Breeze 94.5 FM or Online
Last weekend at the Viaero Center, the Storm split a two game series with Waterloo. The Black Hawks defeated the Storm 1-0 on Friday night and the Storm blanked the Black Hawks 1-0 on Saturday night. In the Storm’s last game, Filip Larsson stopped 29 of 29 shots faced and Tyler Ward scored his third goal of the season to give Tri-City a 1-0 win.
Absent from tonight’s game will be Storm leading scorer Connor McMenamin, who is set to serve his last game of a two game suspension. In last Friday’s game, McMenamin was given a 5 minute major penalty for head contact, and a 10 minute game misconduct. He was suspended two games by the USHL for the incident and is eligible to return in tomorrow night’s road contest vs. Des Moines. McMenamin has one goal and seven assists on the season, and is tied with Tyler Ward for the team lead in points.
Tri-City enters tonight’s game with the 6th best power play (24.4%) and the 2nd best penalty kill (89.2%) in the USHL. Opponents have only been able to score 16 goals against Tri-City this season. That is the least amount of goals given up by any team in the USHL this season. Des Moines has allowed 43 goals this season, the second most in the league. The Buccaneer offense is averaging 3.08 goals per game, while the Storm offense is scoring an average of 2.64 per game.
Point’s leaders for Des Moines include Nicolas Werbik (11), Mike Hardman (10), and Sam Hentges (10).
Tonight’s game can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM and seen live online via HockeyTV. Puck drop is at 7:35 PM CT!